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Guys, Do You Need a Health Tuneup?

5 screenings every man needs

The Power of Men: Life after Knee Surgery

Tim Utsch, Martial Arts Master & Orthopaedic Patient

Men’s Belly Fat: The Risks of a Big Gut F A L L 2 0 12

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Real Men Go to the



etting some men to go to the physician is like getting them to ask for directions. They think: I don’t need help. I can handle this. “Men often put off doctor’s visits unless something is visibly wrong,” says Dr. David Byron, Chief of Medical Staff. “The reluctance to ask for help can exact a heavy toll on a man’s health:” By almost all measures, men suffer compared with women in terms of their health. • In 1920, women outlived men only by one year. Today, CDC figures show men, on average, die 5.1 years earlier than women. • Men are 24% less likely to have visited a physician within the past year and are 22 percent more likely to have neglected their cholesterol tests. • Men are 28% more likely than women to be hospitalized for congestive heart failure. • Men are 24% more likely than women to be hospitalized for pneumonia that could have been prevented by getting an immunization. Males have higher death rates than women for almost all


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of the leading causes of death. Men are more likely to wait until they have a serious condition before they see a physician. Time for a Tune-up Dr. Byron advises men to give their Dr. David Byron health the same routine maintenance they give their cars and visit their physician for regular tune-ups. Don’t wait for serious pain or a major concern to schedule a visit. If a man’s cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar keep rising throughout his 20’s, 30’s and 40’s—and he doesn’t even realize it—what’s going to happen when he’s 50? Many of the leading health risks that men face can be treated if diagnosed early. That’s why it’s important to get to know your physician and keep up on recommended screenings.

Guys, Do You Need a Tune-Up? 5 Health Screenings Every Man Needs


ost men’s health screenings are simple, quick, and can be done right in your physician’s office. “Screenings are important because they help us catch disease early,” says Dr. Scott Staples, Family Medicine Physician. Here are five screenings to make part of your health tune-up.

Blood Pressure Test A blood pressure test is one of the easiest, most painless things you can do for your health. The National Institutes of Health recommends that men between the ages of 18 and 64 be screened at least once every two years. “Exercise and weight loss are two other interventions that work great to lower blood pressure,” Dr. Staples says.

The Mayor’s Heart Cokato Mayor Gordy Erickson doesn’t take his health for granted anymore. While being treated for a foot problem by Dr. David Maher, Gordy discovered he had a serious heart problem. Today Gordy is doing great—heart to toe!

Cholesterol Test A cholesterol check is important to your heart health. Measured with a simple blood test, cholesterol screenings for men are recommended every five years. You may need them more often if you are over 45, at high risk for heart disease, or have high levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol or low levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.

Skin Cancer Check According to the National Cancer Institute, the majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over age 50. Regular self-exams can alert you to changes in your skin and aid in the early detection of skin cancer. Also be sure to ask your physician to check your skin, head to toe, during your yearly physical as part of regular preventive care.

Colon Cancer Screening Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Current guidelines say that men should start getting checked at age 50. There are several testing options for colon cancer. The best test is a colonoscopy which involves checking the entire colon with a camera on a flexible tube. This allows detection and removal of polyps before they become cancer. If your test is normal, you only need it done once every 10 years.

Diabetes Test If diabetes is not controlled, it can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and other health problems. One-third of Americans with diabetes don’t know they have it. “When diseases are detected early, they are easier to treat,” says Dr. Staples. “Early detection is the best protection.” Dr. Scott Staples

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Men at Work The strength of a man isn’t in the weight he can lift. It’s in the support he provides the people around them. Here are three men doing amazing things after knee surgery at the Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic.

Father of the Bride “Dad, I want you to walk me down the aisle.” Lowell Baumetz of Hutchinson endured years of knee pain before accepting a challenge from his daughter. She asked him to walk her down the aisle at her wedding. Four weeks after his second knee replacement, Lowell threw away the canes and said, “I’m going to walk.” A few months later, he proudly escorted his daughter down the aisle and danced with her at her wedding—pain-free.

Grandpa’s Tractor “Can we go for a ride, Grandpa?” Wes Hoyhtya of Hector has always been a hero to his grandsons Nathan and Landyn. This is especially true when he takes them for a ride on his tractor. Unfortunately, years of wear and tear on his knees had taken their toll, and made work—and play— difficult for Wes. After knee replacement Wes is excited to be back in the fields with his two favorite helpers at his side.

Martial Arts Master “Strength of Spirit and Body!” Tai Kwon Do expert Tim Utsch of Hutchinson teaches his students that the strength of the spirit is as important as the strength of the body. Tim remembered that lesson as he recovered quickly from ACL reconstruction. To demonstrate the success of his recovery, watch Tim break a board at social-media.html.


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Cancer Patient Takes a Bite Out of Life After 3 Years Without Eating Every meal is a celebration for Gary Reetz.


hether it’s a juicy burger or a slice of his wife Donna’s banana cream pie, Gary savors every morsel. Cancer of the larynx robbed Gary of his ability to swallow. Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, is a medical condition which affects 15 million Americans and is generally caused by a neurological disorder or event, such as a stroke, degenerative neurological diseases and head and neck cancer. Speech therapist Susan Kasal helped Gary “re-educate” his muscles through rehabilitation therapy. Gary’s rehabilitation also included VitalStim therapy in which small electrical currents stimulate the muscles responsible for swallowing. Gary’s family physician, Dr. Julie Krenik said, “It’s wonderful to be able to see Gary fully enjoying life again.” For a video on Gary, visit

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Men’s Belly Fat: The Health Risks of a Big Gut Belly fat is a health risk. Men are more likely to carry extra weight around the abdomen (an apple-shaped body) rather than the hips (a pear-shaped body). For men, a 40-inch waist or greater increases your risk for disease. For women, an unhealthy waist circumference is greater than 35 inches. A large amount of belly fat increases your risk of: • Heart disease • High blood pressure • Stroke • Some types of cancer • Type 2 diabetes • Insulin resistance • Low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol

How do you get rid of your gut? • Reduce calories. Eat smaller portions. Choose healthy foods that contain fewer calories. At restaurants, eat half your meal and take the rest home for lunch tomorrow. • Increase physical activity. Strive for 30 minutes of exercise each day. Find something fun so you keep with it. Check with your physician before starting an exercise program. • Read food labels. Many prepackaged and processed foods are high in saturated fats. Use the nutrition facts on product labeling to guide your low-fat choices.

Welcome to the Team! Welcome to physician assistants, Tate Reyes and Joslyn Hiett, pictured here with golden retrievers, Shelby and Katie. Tate joins the team at the Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic and Joslyn is on staff at Hutchinson Medical Center.

Dr. Michael Peters

Welcome Dr. Michael Peters and Dr. Markus Gapany from Paparella Ear, Head & Neck Institute providing ENT care for children and adults.

Welcome Dr. Eric Poulin, a Family Medicine Physician with special interests in obstetrics and endoscopy. 6

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Dr. Markus Gapany

Welcome Dr. Keegan Maxwell from Adult & Pediatric Urology. He has a special interest in the minimally invasive treatment of urologic conditions.

Frequently Called Numbers

Family Physicians Are Smart Medicine Having a family physician is one of the smartest things you can do for your health. Unlike physicians who specialize in treating one specific disease or organ, your family physician is uniquely trained to care for you as a whole person.

All numbers are 320 area code. Hutchinson Medical Center Appointments: 234-3290 Business Line: 587-2020 Toll-Free: 800-944-2690 Dassel Medical Center: 275-3358 Hutchinson Hospital Main Number: 234-5000 Toll-Free: 800-454-3903 Outpatient Scheduling: 484-4650 Adult Day Services: 234-4630

A Relationship You Can Count On “People get great care from a physician who doesn’t just know their problems, but knows them,” says Dr. Brian Pollmann, Family Medicine Physician. “You form Dr. Brian Pollmann relationships with people. It’s like reading a whole book, not just a single chapter.” In addition to diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illnesses, family physicians provide health screenings and counseling that can prevent illnesses before they develop.

Clinics & Centers Behavioral Health Clinic: 484-4610 Cancer Center: 484-4695 Diabetes Education: 484-4575 Low Back & Neck Pain: 800-669-2513 Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic: 484-4400 Pediatric Rehab Center: 484-4417 Physical Rehabilitation Center: 484-4400 Sleep Clinic: 484-4695

Coordinating Your Specialty Care If a health condition arises that requires care from a specialist, your family physician can coordinate all aspects of your care. “Getting specialists to work together leads to better care,” says Dr. Pollmann. “We make sure people are talking to one another. Our job is to look out for the overall best interest of the person, not just one section a specialist may be looking at.” Having a family physician is one of the smartest things you can do for your health. Learn more about our team at

Call the Hutchinson Medical Center at 234-3290 for appointments with specialists in: • Allergy • Audiology • Cardiology • ENT • Endoscopy • Family Medicine • Internal Medicine • Nephrology • Neurology • OB/GYN • Pediatrics • Podiatry •Surgery • Urology

Family Medicine Physicians James E. Allen, M.D. Brian R. Bonte, D.O. David L. Byron, M.D. Pamela A. Fisher, M.D. Julie A. Krenik, M.D. Albert (Al) Lira, M.D. Catherine C. McGinnis, M.D. Larry A. Mottl, M.D. Dennis L. Murphy, D.O. Dean G. Nissen, M.D. Smita Ojha, M.D.

Brian R. H. Pollmann, D.O. Eric Poulin, M.D. Timothy A. Remple, M.D. Leah M. Schrupp, M.D. Sara F. Shorter, M.D. Scott A. Staples, M.D.

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It’s a Boy! (Times Four) Recipe for Health: Dad’s Spicy Barbecued Chicken

Mike and Kim Schauer of Lester Prairie are repeat customers at our BirthCare Center, welcoming Trevor, 6; Cory, 4; Jake, 1; and infant Michael. Kim says: “Everyone is so wonderful to us! We feel really pampered. Plus we love Dr. Smita Ojha.” So will the Schauers try for a fifth to have a full basketball team? “When you have four Schauer boys, you don’t need a fifth,” says Mike with a smile. Want to see the new arrivals? Visit the online baby nursery at

3 lbs. chicken parts (breast, drumstick and thigh), skin and fat removed 1 large onion, thinly sliced 3 tbsp. vinegar 3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp. brown sugar 1 tbsp. hot pepper flakes 1 tbsp. chili powder 1 cup chicken broth, skim fat from top Black pepper, to taste 1. P  lace chicken in a 13-by-9-by-2-inch pan. Arrange onions over the top. 2. M  ix together vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, pepper, hot pepper flakes, chili powder and chicken broth. 3. P  our over the chicken and bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until done. Baste occasionally. Yield: 8 servings Serving size: One chicken part with sauce Each serving provides: Calories 176 Total fat 6g Saturated fat 2g Cholesterol 66mg Sodium 240mg Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/ National Institutes of Health

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